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Exploring the Influence of Family on Adolescents’ Seafood Consumption Choices.

Memery, J. and Birch, D., 2020. Exploring the Influence of Family on Adolescents’ Seafood Consumption Choices. International Journal of Consumer Studies. (In Press)

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Abstract

Seafood in the adolescent diet has many benefits, yet a number of adolescents do not consume the recommended levels. Despite this the consumption of seafood by younger consumers has received scant attention in the extant literature. Previous studies on adolescents’ food-related behaviour tend to focus on general choice mechanisms or perceptions of food and mainly relate to fruit and vegetable intake. The present study seeks to address this gap through investigating the impact of family upon the consumption of seafood by younger consumers through exploring adolescents’ attitudes and behaviour in regard to eating seafood. Utilising an exploratory qualitative methodology, seven focus groups of adolescents aged 13–19 years were conducted at two schools in South-West England. Discussions covered a range of issues related to adolescent seafood consumption. The use of thematic content analysis found that the family, and parents in particular, exert high levels of influence over adolescents’ consumption of seafood both at home and when dining out. The parent who does the shopping and cooking has the greatest role. Sibling preferences and dietary choices also influence whether seafood is served in the home. Of value to researchers and management are the insights gleaned into the influences on adolescents’ attitudes toward and behaviour in regard to eating seafood. In particular encouraging seafood consumption will rely upon interventions aimed at both parents and children and need to take into account adolescents’ diet and lifestyle preferences, while also acknowledging the influence of peers and the school food environment.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1470-6423
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adolescents; seafood consumption; family influence; attitudes; behaviour
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:33755
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:12 Mar 2020 11:22
Last Modified:12 Mar 2020 11:22

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